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Chiropractic Care Has Mainstream Appeal

The above is a headline of a feature story that made an appearance in the August 11, 2006 issue of the Post-Crescent, an area news service for the Appleton, Wisconsin area. This article written by their staff writer, Wendy Harris, takes a synopsis look at the chiropractic profession and interviews two local chiropractors as sources of information.

The article begins by chronicling the story of a young junior high school girl named Rachel who has been experiencing frequent migraines. Her mother, worried for her daughter got her to a chiropractic specialist who upon evaluation found that Rachel had several congenitally fused bones in her neck. Evidently these bones had also shifted and were aggravating nerves and creating young Rachel's problems.

The article then fast forwards to Rachel at 29 and tips that despite her congenital defects she's virtually migraine free, enduring only one or two episodes per year. The article notes that Rachel credits her chiropractor. "I used to get headaches one or more times a month, and often three times a week," states Rachel. "They are very infrequent now. My last migraine was six months ago."

Wendy Harris, the author of the article, says that chiropractic is presently the United State's third largest major health care occupation. Only medicine and dentistry have more practitioners. She additionally noted that based on the Annals of Internal Medicine, there are approximately 190 million patient visits to chiropractors each year.

The article also quotes Dr. Mark Hallett, a family practice and sports medicine physician who is also medical director of ThedaCare Orthopedics Plus in Appleton Wisconsin. He states, "There have been more studies that have come out documenting the effectiveness of chiropractic and the cost effectiveness of it." The article notes that the result of this is that medical doctors are increasingly referring patients to chiropractors.

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